There’s a long and glorious tradition of artists turning to their immediate surroundings for the materials with which to make their work. So when an artist becomes a parent, specifically a mom, why not expect the same kinds of investigations?
Art about motherhood has been devalued just about as long as the work of raising children has. But starting in the 20th century, we can find many examples of artworks that use the images or materials of motherhood to great effect.
It seems to be difficult for us to be truly transparent about the value hierarchy we place on women — especially in the art world, which remains one of the last unregulated markets in the developed world.
In Jakarta, a feminist singer, a visual artist, a transgender performance artist and the country’s first female Muslim stand-up comedian, all struggle to preserve the increasingly restrictive space for free expression.
This week, we speak with New Zealand's former prime minister, Helen Clark and filmmaker Gaylene Preston regarding their documentary about Clark's foiled bid to become the United Nation's first female Secretary General.
"Adaptation” was until recently a bad word in certain environmental circles. Now we know that we are already beginning to see and feel some of the effects of climate change. That’s why we have to talk about adaptation.
Fifty years ago, on March 16, 1968, U.S. soldiers attacked the Vietnamese village of My Lai. Even though the soldiers met no resistance, they slaughtered more than 500 Vietnamese women, children and old men over the next four hours.